Somewhere Further North

In 1903, Elgar ruffled more than a few musical feathers when he declared, `the living centre of music in Great Britain is not in London but somewhere further north.' This turned out to be the seaside town of Morecambe in Lancashire, where he spent a number of years as guest of honour at the Morecambe music festival. His great friend there and organiser of the festival was the Rev Charles Vincent Gorton, and the story of that relationship and how it influenced Elgar's great choral works `The Apostles' and `The Kingdom' is told through the letters and writings of the two men by Kenneth Shenton.